The stylish and multipurpose carry-on backpack from Standard Luggage is a great choice for digital nomads.
Good carry-on luggage is an essential part of every trip. During my travels in Asia, travelling with hand luggage saved me lots of money by avoiding additional fees. It can be hard to choose the right one though; especially now that I travel with a lot of digital equipment, I need something that is both reliable and good-looking.
Recently, I picked up a Standard Luggage Carry-On backpack. Before writing about it, I took in with me on a 10-day trip to Turkey. Long story short, this backpack can fulfil most needs of digital nomads, features a special laptop compartment and still looks great no matter whether you are sightseeing or going to stay in a luxury resort.
Features of the luggage
Standard Luggage’s Carry-On backpack was first launched as a Kickstarter project back in 2015. Nowadays, the company is established and growing. They sell the backpack for $179 with free shipping worldwide. So no matter where you are located, there will be no other fees for receiving it. Handy, right?
When you receive the package, it includes the backpack, a rain cover, and additional colorful parts (all the orange parts you can see can be changed to blue ones). On top of being made with water-resistant materials, it is possible to attach the waterproof cover for extra wet situations.
The dimensions are 55cm x 34cm x 19cm with a volume of 35 liters. The backpack is expandable and you can get an extra 10 liters by unzipping the lid. This feature is handy when you need to bring cold-weather and other more space-consuming clothes with you or when you need to return with more items that you took off with (somehow, this happens to me often!). Extra space is always handy, as a female traveler I can attest to this:)
The backpack itself is very light when empty (about 1,6 kilograms) so it doesn’t contribute much additional weight. Size restrictions from various airlines were taken into account when designing the carry-on, so it is practical for frequent flyers. I used it on my flights to Turkey and it fit into the overhead compartment pretty well. It even fit into the even smaller bus overhead compartment when I was travelling across Czech Republic from the airport to my home.
What I like about it
Someone really put a lot of thought into making Standard’s Carry-On Backpack as useful as possible. There are a couple of features that I really enjoy about the luggage.
Most of the time, I used it as a backpack since it is the most comfortable option for getting around. Yet, if I wanted to be a little more elegant or simply wanted a change, the straps could be changed to hand grips and it could be carried like a suitcase.
Belongings easily accessible
The carry-on can be fully opened just like a suitcase, making packing and unpacking very easy, and things always stayed in order even if I suddenly needed to find something I hadn’t planned on quickly accessing. Also, there are several pockets and compartments on the outside, so it is easy to access documents or other things stored there.
Keeping the luggage safe
I really feel this carry-on was designed for people travelling with a laptop at all times – there is a compartment featuring special sleeves for electronics. Here my shiny laptop, mirrorless camera and a couple of hard drives seemed very safe. Also, my gadgets stayed accessible at all times – this is super handy especially during the security control in airports.
What could’ve been better
If you are used to traveling with a carry-on suitcase, chances are you will miss the wheels. You will always have to carry it on you own, which is not as comfortable when it gets heavy. Another feature that could make carrying the bag easier would be more back support – for example a support frame or something like it. Chances are, however, that these features would make the otherwise elegant carry-on bulkier and heavier.
If you want to check the alternative solutions, couple blog Nomad is Beautiful features detailed article about choosing the best travel backpacks. If you are going on a trip on your own, pick the best travel backpack for a solo trip here.
So, should you get it?
Overall, I like this piece of carry-on from Standard Luggage. They did a great job designing it and once you have it in your hands you can really feel the quality of the material and zippers (which are the first thing to break on any backpack). If you are a digital nomad or just frequently travel with your laptop, this is definitely a suitable choice.
Standard Luggage sent me a device to test and review it. All opinions are my own.